Nielsen Ratings May 12: FOX's 'House' Most Watched Among Youth

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May 13th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. May 12, 2008 ABC FOX CBS NBC CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.04 12.13 11.44 6.14 2.65
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.7/10 4.5/12 4.0/10 2.2/6 1.2/3

First, I may move to completely stop reporting NBC and the CW except on Thursday nights. At this point there is a "big 3" made up of ABC, CBS, and FOX. NBC is every bit the also ran ratings-wise that the CW is, and given how far it fell it should be ashamed of itself! Shame on you peacocks! There are cable channels that outperformed The CW AND NBC during primetime last night.

ABC had the most viewers, but was third in the 18-49 demographic. FOX which was second overall was first among 18-49 year olds. CBS was third in overall viewing and second in the 18-49 demo.

Dancing with the Stars averaged 18.27m and a 4.2/11 in the demo. Samantha Who?, the only returning comedy from ABC (no "According to Jim", yay! spoke to soon, ATJ will be back as a mid-season replacement...) dipped to 11.02m and a 3.2/8 in the demo and will dip even further in the final numbers due to DWTS overrun. Surprisingly The Bachelor had better demo results than Samantha Who? in its finale with a 3.3/8.

CBS had a typical performance out of its Monday night lineup. Britney was back on How I met Your Mother, and while Mother improved versus last week's overnight numbers (8.35m and a 3.5/10 last week to 9.02m, 3.8/10 this week) it wasn't the bump Ms. Spears brought the first time around. Still, with no Summer Glau to be found I am developing a small crush on Britney. I've always had a thing for self-destructive women, what can I tell you? Mother has been renewed and I expect we haven't seen the last of Britney on CBS. As usual, Two and a Half Men led CBS for the night with 13.7m and a 5.0/12 in the demographic. And of course, CSI: Miami won the 10pm slot.

9pm Mondays may now be the most watched hour of broadcast television among 18-49 year olds - at least the 9p-9:30p portion. But it was FOX's House that stood above all others when it comes to youthful viewers. House drew 14.84 million overall and a 5.8/14 in the 18-49 demographic. That was up quite a bit from last week's 13.26m and a 5.0/13 in the demo. I'm holding off until next week and watching both parts of the season finale at once.

It's hard to show any love for the CW and NBC, but here it is: Gossip Girl had one of its best (if not the best) performances since returning from hiatus with 2.64m and a 1.2/3 in the demo. One Tree Hill scored almost identical numbers with 2.65m and a 1.2/3. Though I didn't see the numbers for Univision's Fuego En La Sangre, I'm sure it again whipped Gossip Girl!

Props to Medium, the only nice thing I can say about NBC. Even though it was down slightly from last week with 8.57m and a 2.9/8 in the demo. It will likely pick them back up via DVR where it's typically strong. American Gladiators? I'd rather talk about WWE RAW as I'm sure more people watched it. :-)

Monday night's details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars (8p-9:30p) 18.27 4.2/11
  CBS Big Bang Theory 7.88 2.9/9
  NBC American Gladiators (8p-10p) 4.92 1.9/5
  FOX Bones 9.42 3.2/9
  CW Gossip Girl 2.64 1.2/3
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 9.02 3.8/10
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 13.7 5.0/12
  CW One Tree Hill 2.65 1.2/3
  FOX House 14.84 5.8/14
9:30 ABC Samantha Who? 11.02 3.2/8
  CBS Rules of Engagement 10.72 4.1/10
10:00 ABC The Bachelor: London Calling 9.19 3.3/8
  NBC Medium 8.57 2.9/8
  CBS CSI: Miami 13.66 4.0/10

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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